Now that I have already made the wooden frame or window frame, we will see a simple way to make wooden windows. OK, this is just to make simple wooden windows, because in this case it is to ventilate a shed. This is why it will also install a metallic mesh instead of glass.
How to make wooden window assemblies
To make simple wooden windows we can make miter joints. Then, with the help of the frame that I made in the previous post, I measure the stiles and the rails of the window. And with the miter saw I can make 45 degrees cuts to make miter wooden joints .
Now I have to dry fit all the window parts with the help of a strap clamp. Like this I can measure and I can cut the central crossbar. And will use some dowels to join this center crossbar. Then, with the help of the horizontal drill press table and the vertical drill press table, I will drill the holes to make the dowel joints.
So, first I’m going to drill the dowel holes in the head of the window rails. And then I can use some metal dowel center points to mark where to drill into the wooden window stiles.
And once I see that the rails and the stiles fit well, I can already glue all the parts of the wooden window. I have to apply some glue in the 45 degrees miter joints and in the dowel joints. And keep it all together and tight with the strap clamp. Until the carpenter’s glue dries. But never everything goes perfect, and as we can see in one of the pictures, the miter joints are not perfect. Luckily it is not something that worries me too much, because this is a simple window and I can fix the miter joints with some for wood filler. Now I have a table saw miter cut jig , and it helps to make precise miter cuts.
Also, these miter joints are a little bit simple wooden joints for a window. Then, if you’re going to make wooden windows like this one, you should reinforce the corners. So, I will use a spline jig to reinforce the 45 degrees miter joints (watch here how to make a spline jig for table saw).
After the carpenter’s glue dries, I sand the corners to leave the splinters flush with the surface of the window edges. And I check if the window fits well in the wooden frame. But it turns out that, as expected, the window is slightly larger than the wooden frame. Luckily I can use my homemade carpentry guide for circular saw. It is great to make straight, long and accurate cuts with the circular saw. And it helps me to adjust the window size precisely to fit it in the frame with just some play.
Put locks and hinges to these wooden windows
Now, just because I don’t want to leave the electro welded mesh stapled just like that, I make some slats that will cover the mesh all around the window openings. And to accommodate the electro-welded wire mesh under the slats, I have to cut a rabbet in the slats with the table saw. If I don’t cut the rabbets, the slats will be twisted on the metallic mesh.
And cut them to 45 degrees to make a frame all around the window openings.
To install the window lock I have to mill a mortise for the lock box, and another mortise for the lock plate. This is something very easy to make with a plunge router. The most difficult part is usually to hold these wooden windows so I can work on the edge with the plunge router.
It’s almost more difficult to make the keyhole to insert the lock key. I never get to make a keyhole with a nice shape. It’s a good thing that on the keyhole I will put a keyhole plate.
So, now I can sand all the wood well. First with medium grit sandpaper and then with fine grit sandpaper. And apply two generous couples of coats of moisture and woodworm killer wood protection. This is something indispensable if we want to protect these wooden windows, because they are going to be very exposed to the outside weather.
Once the wood protector is dry, I will staple the electro-welded wire mesh on its place. And screw the slats in such a way that I cover up both, the ends of the mesh and the staples.
Now all I have to do is to put the hinges. To fit the hinges I had to cut a small rabbet under the slats that go on the electro-welded wire mesh. Just to keep the hinges from standing out beyond the wooden frame. But besides that, these hinges, that go on the wood and we can see both leafs, are very easy to install.
As you can see, using 45 degrees miter joints and dowel joints, it is very easy to make a wooden window. Well, and also thanks to the carpentry guides and jigs that you can see how I made in this blog and in my YouTube channel.